Priority Awards

This is a list of the Priority Awards the NCA office assists with, however this list is not exhaustive. All the awards are for U.S. Citizens unless otherwise stated. Though you are not required to work with NCA in order to complete an application for a Priority Award, we strongly encourage you to do so.

To learn more about what awards might be a good fit for you, email to schedule an Intro to Fellowships session. 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: Campus Deadline: January 3, 2023
Boren Fellowships: January 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm EST
Boren Scholarships: February 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm EST

Funds US undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad programs.

Eligibility: Undergraduates & graduates
Deadline: November 15, 2022

Funds intensive summer language institutes in critical foreign languages. Does not require university endorsement.

Eligibility: Undergraduates
Deadline: February 3, 2023

A two-year Fellowship program that funds an IT-related degree, internships, professional development and mentorship – culminating in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist (IMS). Does not require university endorsement.

Eligibility: 1st and 2nd year students
Deadline: February 7, 2023

Funds 3-4 week academic and cultural summer programs on a variety of topics at prestigious universities throughout the UK. Does not require university endorsement.

Eligibility: A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom & Applying to pursue one of the designated full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge.
Deadline: October 12, 2022

Funds outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Eligibility: Graduate students
Deadline: October 12, 2022

Provides full funding to 100 exceptional students from around the world, making it the largest fully endowed graduate fellowship in existence.

Eligibility: College seniors, graduate students, and young professionals
Deadline: October 15, 2022

Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia forging stronger relationships across geographic borders by creating opportunities for young Americans to deepen their ties and understanding of the countries, cultures, and people of Asia.  

Eligibility: Graduating seniors & recent alumni
Deadline: October 17-21 2022 (determined by discipline)

Funds graduate education in STEM fields at any U.S. university; based on potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. Does not require university endorsement.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors & recent alumni whose birth parents were born outside of the US as non-US citizens.
Deadline: October 27, 2022 @2PM ET

Provides funding of one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States for immigrants and the children of immigrants. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. 

Eligibility: Graduating seniors & recent alumni
Deadline: September 20, 2022

First scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Concentration gives students an opportunity to focus on aspects of global affairs they may not have previously studied.